Art of Technology (AoT) Lagos 1.0 brought together tech giants, policy makers, government officials, Venture Capitalists, Product Designers, Software Engineers/Programmers, Creative Architects, Innovators, tech enthusiasts and a whole new wave of Lagosians to drive innovations that will pave way for the evolution of a smarter, digital, and a more efficient Lagos.
The maiden edition of AoT Lagos, sponsored by the Lagos State Government through the office of the Special Adviser on Innovation and Technology and curated by Eko Innovation Centre, held on the 5th and 6th of December 2019 at Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, with the key aim of ‘Bridging the Gap’ between Lagos and the tech community; positively moving Lagos closer towards achieving its ambition of a #SmartLagos.
AoT Lagos witnessed history as the first ever Lagos Innovation Master Plan was unveiled by Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos State, in the presence of Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, Deputy Governor, Lagos State; Mr. Hakeem Popoola Fahm, Commissioner of Science and Technology, Lagos State and Mr. Tunbosun Alake, Special Adviser, Innovation and Technology to the Governor of Lagos State.
Discussions at the AoT Lagos Conference principally centered on how tech can move Lagos closer to becoming a smart city.
Talks extended to areas like The Influence of Tech on Culture and Behaviour, Building MVPs (Minimum Viable Products), Consumer-Centric Products, Women in Tech and even ‘Hard-Talk’, where truths were laid bare both by the government and tech community, and a concession reached.
AOT Lagos 1.0 was filled with acclaimed speakers, panelists and participants from Africa and around the world, featuring experts in innovation, Big Data, Blockchain, communication and Artificial Intelligence.
There were insightful Keynotes and a series of focused and inspiring workshops which are designed to solve Lagos’ problems and pave way for the smarter Lagos.
A key activity at AOT Lagos 1.0 was Collaborate Lagos; which gives an opportunity to young innovators to showcase owned products that provide solution(s) to Lagos’ social problems; bridging the gap between a Lagos of today and the Smart Lagos of tomorrow. The required solutions were in various categories such as Transport & Traffic Management, Energy, Housing, Security, Smart Agriculture, etc.
Various presentations were made and StanLab, a 3D virtual laboratory, emerged winner and an MOU was signed to this effect by the Honorable Commissioner of Science and Technology, Lagos State, Mr. Hakeem Fahm.
AOT Lagos 1.0 ended with a gala where the best of wines, foods and music were dished to the audience in a quality measure.